2019 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Turkey

Executive Summary Turkey is a constitutional republic with an executive presidential system and a 600-seat parliament. The unicameral parliament (the Grand National Assembly) exercises legislative authority. In presidential and parliamentary elections in 2018, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe

Turkish authorities must restore judicial independence and stop targeting and silencing human rights defenders

Caglayan Justice Palace, Istanbul – © OVKNHR / Shutterstock.com In a report published today, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, calls on the Turkish authorities to restore judicial independence and stop the practice of targeting human

Turkey: IBAHRI and ICJ observe criminal trial on ‘Gezi Park’ protests

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) have jointly sent international observers to attend the first hearing of the criminal trial on the ‘Gezi Park’ protests at Silivri Prison Courthouse in Istanbul, scheduled to take place

IBAHRI and ATI pen letter to Turkey’s President condemning conviction of 11 medical professionals

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute(IBAHRI), in conjunction with the Anti-Torture Initiative (ATI), has written to Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, condemning the conviction of 11 members of the Turkish Medical Association (TMA) Central Council on terrorism charges. Signed by the IBAHRI Co-Chairs,